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thin air

A figurative phrase used to suggest nothingness or nonexistence. I had no idea she'd researched the budget so thoroughly—she pulled that report out of thin air. I didn't see Mike leave the party, he just disappeared into thin air.
See also: air, thin
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About thin-air kids doing thin-air things." If Fischerova's work exemplifies the generation that follows Kundera, Klima, and Skvoreck[Sigma] the future of Czech fiction looks extremely interesting.
Examining the developed film, he found that his thin-air focusing technique was repeatable within 0.005 inch on an f/6 telescope.
But that technique works only on a star and is more time-consuming than the thin-air approach of the Taurus camera.
just rock from here on up-- one more pink windmill in the thin-aired